Worship Preparation: May 22, 2022

Sunday, May 22, 2022
 
Read the sermon text: Acts 28:17-31

Read the sermon summary: Can everyone hear the gospel? What does it mean to hear the gospel? As the Book of Acts comes to a close, Paul testifies to the Jews of Rome concerning the gospel. When some are convinced, but others disbelieve, Paul applies Isaiah 6:9-10 to his hearers. They will see and hear the message in an intellectual sense, but it will not penetrate to their hearts. Verse 27 is an indictment, “this people’s heart has grown dull.” This, however, doesn’t signal a failure of God’s mission, for as Paul says, “[the nations] will listen.” In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: Why do you think the heart of the Jewish people had grown dull? Why does Paul have such hope that the Gentiles/nations will listen? What might Luke have intended by his somewhat abrupt ending to his work?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
King Of Kings
In the darkness we were waiting
Without hope without light
Till from Heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes

To fulfil the law and prophets
To a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory
To a cradle in the dirt
 
Chorus
Praise the Father
Praise the Son
Praise the Spirit three in one
God of Glory
Majesty
Praise forever to the King of kings
 
To reveal the kingdom coming
And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation
You did not despise the cross

For even in Your suffering
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation
Jesus for our sake You died
 
And the morning that You rose
All of heaven held its breath
Till that stone was moved for good
For the Lamb had conquered death

And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who'd come
To the Father are restored
 
And the Church of Christ was born
Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this Gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel shall not faint

By His blood and in His Name
In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ
Who has resurrected me
 
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Brooke Ligertwood | Jason Ingram | Scott Ligertwood

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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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